Hassan Ali Joho (Arabic: علي حسن جوهو; born 26 February 1976) is a Kenyan politician and the current Governor of Mombasa County affiliated with the Orange Democratic Movement. He was also elected to represent the Kisauni Constituency in the National Assembly of Kenya during the 2007 Kenyan parliamentary election. On 4 March 2013, during the general election, Joho was elected as the first governor of Mombasa County. In 2017 General Elections Day in Kenya held on 8th, 8th, 2017, Joho defended his seat on an ODM ticket, he is the ongoing governor of Mombasa County, County 001. Despite significant politically engineered setbacks, Joho emerged triumphant by winning with 220 576 votes against his closest rival Suleimann Shabal with 69 322 votes, Suleimann is a member of the Jubilee Party. Ali Hassan Joho
Ali Hassan Joho is the governor of Mombasa County and the Deputy Party Leader of the Orange Democratic Party (ODM).
Joho is currently serving his second and last term as Mombasa Governor and declared his interest in the Presidency. The former Kisauni MP is seeking to vie for the 2022 presidential election via the ODM party ticket.
He is also seeking to position himself as the kingpin of the Coastal region. In December 2020, he vowed to unite the Coast under one leader and also hinted at forming a political party to push the agenda of the coastal residents.
Joho unveiled various strategies to cushion Mombasa residents from the Covid-19 crisis when after the pandemic broke out in March 2020. Among this was unveiling the Mombasa County Emergency Household Relief and Nutrition Project.
Through the project, well-wishers, donors and investors contributed funds and food which were supplied to households in the county. The county set aside Ksh 250 million for the project.
Joho mobilised resources to provide food for more than 227,000 vulnerable residents who were affected by the Covid-19 measures implemented by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
These were inter-county lockdowns, curfews and cessation of movement at the Coast.
Hassan Ali Joho
27 March 2013
||Ananiah Mwasambu Mwaboza
Hassan Ali Joho
26 February 1976
Kisauni, Mombasa, Kenya
||ODM – Deputy Party Leader affiliated to the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD)
||Mzee Ali Joho
||B.A in Business and Human Resource Management from Kampala University and various diplomas in business, shipping, logistics and ICT
||Served as the Assistant Minister for Transport; as Deputy Chairman of the Foreign, Defence & Election Committee; as Library Committee Member of Transport, Housing & Public Works and the National Organizing Secretary of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Founder and Patron of Hassan Joho Foundation, since 2008
Political career of Ali Hassan Joho
Joho joined active politics in the year 2004, and became the Kisauni party chairman for the Liberal Democratic Party between 2006-2007. It was not until 2007 General Election, when he was overwhelmingly elected as the Kisauni parliamentary member through ODM in 2007. He was elected as Member of Parliament for Kisauni constituency and the Assistant Minister for Transport. On 4 March 2013 he was elected as Governor of Mombasa.
According to The Economist, “He is close to Raila Odinga, Kenya’s main opposition leader, and is said to be financing Mr Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement party. Joho is viewed as the political kingpin of the coastal region of Kenya
Joho named his first cabinet which includes;
- Job Tumbo – Health services,
- Anthony Njaramba – Tourism and Culture Development,
- Mohammed Abbas – Transport and Infrastructure,
- Binty Omar – Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries,
- Walid Khalid – Finance and Economic Planning,
- Tendai Mtana – Education and Children,
- Mohammed Ibrahim – Trade and Energy,
- Hazel Koitaba – Youth, Gender and Sports,
- Fatma Awale – Water, Environment & Natural Resources,
- Francis Thoya – Lands, Planning & Housing
The Second term in Office saw changes in key cabinet positions while majority of his allies were sidelined for other duties within his government. The Deputy Governor, Hon. William Kingi joined the newly formed administration and his capacity widened to take charge of the Education, ICT & Mombasa Vision 2035 portfolio. Joho’s manifesto stipulated the tasks he intends to achieve in his governorship. These include; fishing, tourism, manufacturing, health and sanitation, solid waste management, roads and housing, among others.
The Second term cabinet included:
▪ Maryam Abdillahi – Finance & Economic Planning,
▪ Tawfiq Balala – Transport & Infrastructure
▪ Fawz Rashid – Trade, Tourism & Investment
▪ Hazel Koitaba – Health
▪ Munywoki Kyalo – Youth, Gender & Sports
▪ Dr. Godfrey Nato – Environment, Waste Management & Energy
▪ Fatma Awale – Water & Sanitation
▪ Edward Nyale – Lands, Physical planning & Housing
▪ Hassan Mwamtoa – Agriculture, Livestock & Fisheries
▪ Mtalaki Mwashimba – County Attorney
▪ Joab Tumbo – Chief of Staff
▪ Hon.Rashid Bedzimba – Political Advisor
▪ Binty Omar – Water & Climate change Advisor
▪ Hamisi Mwaguya – Advisor
▪ Dr.Nyangasi Oduwo – Economic Advisor
Hon. Hassan Ali Joho has shown interest and is among the front runners in the upcoming 2022 Presidential elections and will be the first president from the Coastal region of Kenya if successfully elected.
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